The Ontario government has declared a state of emergency, officially forcing the closure of many public facilities, in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
"We are facing an unprecedented time in our history," said Premier Doug Ford. "This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number one priority."
The following establishments are legally required to close immediately:
All facilities providing indoor recreational programs; public libraries; private schools; all child care centres;
bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery; all theatres and concert venues.
Further, all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship.
These orders will remain in place until March 31, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier.